Tuesday, February 8, 2011


NYCB's 2011 Annual Luncheon Benefit Chairmen  Sue Ann Weinberg, William H. Wright II, Yesim Philip, Susan Tabak, Donya Bommer, and Darren Henault
Last Wednesday, the New York City Ballet held its Annual Luncheon benefit at Lincoln Center. This year they celebrated director/choreographer Susan Stroman with a special one-time only program called “Susan Stroman: Dance on Stage & Screen.” The event showcased Ms. Stroman’s career and included dance excerpts performed by the New York City Ballet, film clips, archival footage, as well as the lady herself.

As part of the annual luncheon, is the announcement of the recipient of the Janice Levin Dancer Award which was created in 2000 by the NYCB and is bestowed on one of the Company’s most promising corps members. This year’s recipient was Anthony Huxley.
Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, and Amar Ramasar in Susan Stroman's newest work for New York City Ballet, Frankie and Johnny... and Rose
George McNeely of Christie’s conducted an auction after the program. The décor was provided by Bill Tansey and catering by David Ziff Cooking.

Benefit Chairs were Donya Bommer, Darren Henault and Michael Bassett, Yesim Philip, Susan Tabak, Sue Ann Weinberg and William Wright II.
Robert Fairchild and Savannah Lowery in Susan Stroman's Blossom Got Kissed
Among those attending were: Maria Cristina Anzola, Muffie Potter Aston, Paige Bluhdorn, Celeste Boele, Claudia Cisneros, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Margo Blutt, Ipoolita Rostagno, Liz Peek, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Neda Navab, Lisa Errico, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Fe Fendi, Nina Griscom, Julia Koch, Yaz Hernandez, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Brooke Neidich, Pamela Joyner, Alexandra Lebenthal, Serena Lese, Denise Saul, Carol Mack, Jill Kargman, Coco Kopelman, Tiffany Moller, Whitney and Clarke Murphy, Elyse Newhouse, Susan Newhouse, Jean Shafiroff, Patricia Shiah, Barbara Slifka, Lesley Stahl, Susan Tabak, The Hon. Kimba Wood, Laura Zeckendorf, Valerie Zilkha.
Jean Shafiroff and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
NYCB Principal Dancers Amar Ramasar and Ashley Bouder with Susan Stroman
Benefit Chairmen Michael Bassett and Darren Henault
Fe Fendi, Mariana Zois, and Patricia Shiah
Eliot Stewart, NYCB Board member Jane Carroll, and Benefit Chairman William H. Wright II
Jill Kargman, Coco Kopelman, and Barbara Cirkva
Peggy Siegal and Julia Koch
Liz Peek and NYCB Board member David Heleniak
Adelina Wong Ettelson and Benefit Chairman Donya Bommer
Muffie Potter Aston and Gillian Miniter
Michele Gerber Klein and Alexandra Lebenthal
NYCB Executive Director Kathy Brown, NYCB Corps dancer and Janice Levin Award Honoree 2011 Anthony Huxley, NYCB Corps dancer and Janice Levin Award Honoree 2010 Katilyn Gilliland and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation Vice-President William A. Farber
NYCB Executive Director Kathy Brown, Benefit Chairman Sue Ann Weinberg, and NYCB Board member Marie Nugent-Head
Elizabeth Weymouth, Ritchey Howe, Whitney Murphy, and Claire Svetlik Mann
This past Saturday night at the Park Avenue Armory the Lycee Francais de New York celebrated its 75th anniversary with more than 900 guests attending. The event is one of the highlights of the season for the French-American community in New York.

They honored French journalist Anne Sinclair and raised more than $1.5 million for the school. Proceeds help fund the scholarship program that currently assists 24% of the student body and also for school iniatives.
Lycee Francais de New York's 75th anniversary celebration brought out more than 900 guests at Park Avenue Armory
The Lycee is a non-profit private school here in New York with an enrollment of 1350 students of more than 50 different nationalities, running from pre-school to 12th grade.

Gala co-chairs were Camille Bidermann-Roizen, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, Agatha Lerolle, and Kelly Rutherford.
Allison Sanbongi and Lorraine Buhannic
Camille Biderman Roizen
Annick Theze and Yve Theze
Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle
Mina Saquet and Yann Saquet
Julien Mitelberg and Kristen Mitelberg
Felicia Taylor
Eric Ripert and Sandra Ripert
Baz Luhrmann and Veronica Bulgari
Cathrine Lacaze and Isabelle Schinazi
Olivier Bottrie and Alexandra Bottrie
Philippe Lalliot and Laurence Folliot-Lalliot
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair
Hugo Terrozzi and Meghan Collison
Alexander Gilkes, Agatha Lerolle, and Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, and Agatha Lerolle
Muriel Svarri
Marx Guillaume and Julien Laplante
Stephan Sajot and Irene Sajot
Patrick Moxey and Bernadette Cruz
Selima Sanaun and Catherine Malandrino
Sasha Stim and Cate Smith
Alexandra Boet and LeeAnne Henrico
Susan Fales-Hill
Ulla Parker and Bettina Zilkha
Trudi Loren
Last Thursday night at Capitale Armitage Gone! Dance, the modern dance company run by Karole Armitage, held a “happening.”
The table settings
Marina Maryenko, Barry Evans, Margie Evans, Richard Massey, Alan Kleinman==Armitage Gone! Gala Happening
Marina Maryenko, Barry Evans, Margie Evans, Richard Massey, and Alan Kleinman
Many players from the 1980's art scene and from the days that Karol Armitage made her debut as a choreographer were there including Julian Schnabel, Vita Schnabel, Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour, David Salle, Mary Boone, Joan Buck, Ross Bleckner, Agnes Gund, Angela Westwater, Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz, Salman Rushdie, Hope Atherton, Olivier Sarkozy, Chiara Clemente, Stavros Niarchos.
Rajan Mamtani, Ross Bleckner, Calvin Klein, Nicolas Gruber
Rajan Mamtani, Ross Bleckner, Calvin Klein, and Nicolas Gruber
Dorothy Lichtenstein, David Salle, Michele Gerber-Klein
Dorothy Lichtenstein, David Salle, and Michele Gerber-Klein
Karole Armitage, Stephanie Seymour Brant
Karole Armitage and Stephanie Seymour Brant
Bettina Prentice
Bettina Prentice
Marilyn Minter
Marilyn Minter
Francesco Clemente, Andrea Clemente, Jacqueline Schnabel
Francesco Clemente, Andrea Clemente, and Jacqueline Schnabel
Julian Schnabel, Todd Eberle
Julian Schnabel and Todd Eberle
Matt Kliegman, Chiara Clemente
Matt Kliegman and Chiara Clemente
Marcia Mishaan
Marcia Mishaan
Meghan Boody, Randy Polumbo
Meghan Boody and Randy Polumbo
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Vito Schnabel, Diego Marroquin
Vito Schnabel and Diego Marroquin
Virginia Johnson, Danielle Thomas, Ingrid Silva, Laveen Naidu, Lourdes Rodriguez
Virginia Johnson, Danielle Thomas, Ingrid Silva, Laveen Naidu, and Lourdes Rodriguez
Michelle Barish
Michelle Barish
Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross
Grazia D'Annunzio
Grazia D'Annunzio
Ara Arslanian, Stavros Niarchos, Guest
Ara Arslanian, Stavros Niarchos, and Peter Brant
Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente
Julian Schnabel and Francesco Clemente
Agnes Gund, Dorothy Lichtenstein
Agnes Gund and Dorothy Lichtenstein
Robert Turner, Karole Armitage, John Thomson
Robert Turner, Karole Armitage, and John Thomson
This past Sunday night at PS 122 in Manhattan, there was no Super Bowl watching but rather a “World’s Most Literary Rent Party Ever!” a fundraiser for Diana Colbert who has been diagnosed with leukemia and is being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her husband Charles Bock, author of the novel Beautiful Children (2008), said that the $3000 a month cost of treatment would break them before the year was out unless they came up with more funds.

They sold 200 tickets at $75 each. They had a silent auction. Among the items was a pie baked by novelist Joshua Ferris; having one’s laundry done by A. M. Homes; a song written by Rick Moody, and a dog-walking by Amy Hempel “even in a blizzard.”
Claudia Gonson and Rick Moody
John Wesley Harding and the English UK
Theresa Cox, Tanya Donelly, John Wesley Harding, Rick Moody and the English UK
Anne Dennin, Peter Kayafas, Steve Dennin, Dorothy Brachmun, and John Kelly
There were performances including John Wesley Harding and musicians and readings by Mary Gaitskill and Jim Shepard; songs by Moody and singer Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields.

Mr. Bock told the gathering that his wife, who is now in the hospital, was the one person who would have most enjoyed the evening, and enjoyed seeing all of their generous, caring friends at the evening.
Jim Shepard and Matt Thomas
Gwendolyn Lee and Andrew Shaffer
Erica Abeel, Victoria Brazell, and Bill Brazell
Jim Shepard and Adelaide Waingwright
Erin Harris and Irene Sednick
John Wesley Harding, Sam Lipsyte, and Jamie
Kimberly Young and Rebecca Land Soodak
Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts
Charles Bock
Marie Coons and Marc Sapir
Leigh Newman
Ilana Manaster, Marie Rutkoski, and Robin Wasserman
Rick Moody and Laurel Nakadate
Tanya Donelly and Robert Baertsch
Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr, and Joshua Ferris
Mary Gaitskill
Amber Qureshi and Jim Rutman
Mary-Beth Hughes
Tanya Donelly, Scott Indrisck, and Laurel Nakadate
Joshua Ferris, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Cooper Ferris
Maya Sloan and Sasha Litrinov
Adam Gold, David Theresa Cox, Nagler, and Tanya Donelly
Ron Gallen, Susan Cheever, and Mary Beth Hughes
Stefanie Syman and Sam Lipsyte
Susan Cheever and Joshua Ferris
Amy Hempel and Gary Zebrun

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